The Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, has said today, Monday, that tourist activity can be restarted at the end of June saying that just as soon as Spanish residents can travel between provinces, foreigners will be able to enter the country freely.

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Currently, people from abroad must compulsorily undergo a 14-day quarantine on their arrival into Spain, which has drawn criticism from the hospitality and tourist sectors as well as from abroad.

On his interview this morning on Los Desayunos de TVE, the minister said, “We could not allow foreigners to move while the Spanish population is confined. We cannot tell a family in Madrid not to travel to their Valencia apartment while a foreigner can travel into and holiday in our country.

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According to the minister, just as soon as Spaniards can travel to other provinces, foreigners will be able to enter Spain. He said that until now there has been no need to establish restrictions because “nobody will come to a just to spend 14 days in confinement.”

Ábalos insisted that “the free movement of foreigners will occur in parallel to that of the Spanish”.

Meanwhile, he added, there is a working group that will shortly present proposals for tourist experiences” and how we are going to deal with them from a hygienic point of view, particularly on the islands, where sanitary levels are very positive.

“From the end of June we will be able to re-start our tourist activity, if we maintain the de-escalation well, “said Ábalos, who added the need to make Spain an attractive country from a health point of view because tourism needs security if it is to once again attract foreign holidaymakers in numbers.

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